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Are you ready to rock? After nearly a year of touring, The Australian INXS Show finally arrives in the Territory, with two electrifying evenings in Alice Springs and Darwin that pay homage to one of the greatest frontmen this nation has ever known.

By Jenna Hoare

IT'S NO EASY feat bringing the high-calibre performance of the late Michael Hutchence to life, but artist Dellacoma Rio and his accompanying band members are gaining recognition for their rock-legend mastery on stage.

“This is a super high-energy show – we’ve got full video production, and we’ve created original video footage for each song with the idea of sharing what it would be like seeing INXS for real at a full stadium,” Rio explains.

“We’ve spent a lot of time crafting the performance to make it stand up for its entertainment value, as well as deliver for the diehard INXS fans out there.”

It’s a first-time visit to the NT for Rio and most of the band members.

“A couple of the guys have been to the NT before, but none of us have been to Alice Springs, and about half the band has been to Darwin,” he says.

“We’re looking forward to checking out a part of Australia that’s in many ways so iconic worldwide and yet here we are as Australians, and we’ve never been. I’m really looking forward to seeing the heartland of the country.”

For those wondering what to expect from the show, Rio assures there’s as many songs as they can fit into a full two-hour performance, with the added theatrics of original visuals played as the backdrop throughout the evening.

“Our drummer Noel Tenny, playing as Joel Farris, and guitarist Adam Heath, as Tim Farriss, both took it on board to start creating the videos, mixing in live footage and editing to fit each song."

Rio’s resemblance to Hutchence is almost like for like, and when asked whether there’s an affinity musically, he says lyrically there’s a passion they both have in common.

“I’m a real lyrics person and I also write a lot of poetry. That was close to Michael’s heart as well. He wrote a lot of poetry.”

The six-piece band is set to perform at the Darwin Entertainment Centre and Araluen Arts Centre, with back-to-back nights featuring all the favourites in a high-quality show that’s full of rock. This is your permission to rock out.

The Australian INXS Show

Alice Springs
WHEN FRI 1 MAR | 7.30PM 
COST $75 | $60 CONC/MEMB

WHEN SAT 2 MAR | 7.30PM 
COST $75 | $69 CONC | $65 MEMB

Photo: Ben Russoniello Photography

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